Challenge yourself to think differently as you meet this year’s Technology Innovation Showcase companies. This morning there was an overview from the six honorees in a fast-paced session hosted by the Technology Leadership Network during NSBA’s 2014 Annual Conference. Facilitated by NSBA’s Director of Education Technology Ann Flynn and Vancouver Public Schools Superintendent Steven Webb, these emerging companies shared their technology-supported solutions that address education challenges they identified. Companies for this 2nd annual Showcase were selected by a panel of NSBA’s previous “20 to Watch” educators from dozens of submissions as some of the promising solutions on the K-12 horizon. One year later the success of companies named to the 2013 Showcase, like GuideK12 and Globaloria, suggests NSBA’s review teams really have an eye for good solutions!
This year’s honorees offer new approaches to differentiated reading (Books That Grow), communications during emergency situations (Share911), robotic kits (BirdBrain Technologies), teacher evaluations (Standard For Success), mobile hotspots (Kajeet, Inc.), and personalized yearbooks (TreeRing). These solutions can save districts money, offer more efficient ways to accomplish tasks, and create more meaningful engagement and memories for students. Don’t miss this opportunity to take some of most innovative ideas back to your district. To learn more about the companies, they are located in the Technology Showcase Pavilion, booths 1855 – 1865 in the Exhibit Hall.